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We know God prefers obedience over sacrifice and yet obedience was not enough in the Lord’s effort for our sake. Why didn’t God stop the process like He did with Abraham when Issac was about to be sacrificed?
Mankind had a need. God had a need. Mankind needed to obey. God needs to see obedience. None of this would happen without proof of a life there after, resurrected eternal life. God had both personified in Jesus, a sacrifice and obedience.
The sacrifice of Jesus ended one season. The obedience of Jesus began another. Our self crucifixion ends one season. Our obedience begins another. One was meant to end. The other is meant to never end!
Hebrews 5:8-9 (KJV)
8 “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;..”
2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 (NASB)
7 “and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, 8 dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,”
Genesis 49:10 (NKJV)
“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.”
Genesis 49:10 (YLT= Young’s Literal Translation)
10 “The sceptre turneth not aside from Judah, And a lawgiver from between his feet, Till his Seed come; And his is the obedience of peoples.”
Romans 1:5 (NASB)
5 “ through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake,..”
Romans 6:12 (KJV)
12 “ Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.”
Anger, bitterness, hatred, grudges, unforgiveness, judgments, these and other emotions like them cannot be allowed to reign in our mortal bodies. If they go unchecked, we cannot possibly be in Him. Will He try to reach us? Yes, like He is right now! When our reward is so great why would we refuse to reconcile our lives back to what God did freely by something as simple as sincere forgiveness?
Who are we to think we do not have to maintain that which we have been freely given? How can Holiness and righteousness ever be contaminated? Do we have that power? Yes and no. No because they cease to exist by definition when contaminated. Yes, we can and do contaminate ourselves, once made holy and righteous by His death, by failing to obey Him. Returning to contamination can happen even after we have first been reconciled. See Romans 5:10 NKJV, NASB.
“And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;..” Hebrews 5:9
Our eternal perfection is obtained by obedience. So was the Son of Man’s.
( I am ministering in a prison Tuesday, pray the peace of the Holy Spirit would rest upon me that I might impart that which I have, to those divine appointments. )
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